Huntress

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Based on the title alone my expectations were high for “Birds of Prey“. Maybe that’s why this episode left me feeling a little underwhelmed. It wasn’t that “Birds of Prey” was completely unenjoyable, but it was an almost total deviation from this series’ overarching and more compelling plot line for the sake of bringing back The Huntress only to turn her into little more than a mustache twirling villain (that is until the episodes final moments, but still). (more…)

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It’s been almost a year since The Huntress was last seen in Starling City. Actress Jessica de Gouw went and snagged herself a starring role on NBC’s Dracula leaving her chances for returning to Arrow up in the air. Today, however, it’s been confirmed De Gouw is reprising her role as The Huntress for an upcoming episode titled, “Birds of Prey.” Okay, BOP fans, commence freakin’ out! (more…)

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On last night’s Season 2 premiere of Arrow (Psst! Find our review here!) a familiar, leather-clad blonde appeared and took part in a major ass-kicking of some of street thugs. The series is clearly wanting us to believe this is Black Canary, or at least whatever the Arrow-verse equivalent will be, but her appearance could actually be hinting at much larger plans. A whole team of them, in fact. (more…)

In the second to last episode of Arrow before the series goes on its midseason break (Is it just me or are more shows taking longer breaks halfway through their seasons?) we get to see Helena (Jessica de Gouw) go full blown Huntress while Ollie (Stephen Amell) tries to reign her in, Diggle (David Ramsey) gets jealous, and Walter (Colin Salmon) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) become a detective duo. I’m thinking spinoff for these two, but more on that later.

We left the vigilante, sorta couple last week making out in Helena’s apartment and unsurprisingly we begin this episode with them asleep in bed. Man, CW, why you gotta leave the good bits off screen? Then Helena wakes up, sneaks away, and attempts to kill some head honcho for the Triad. Her goal is to spark a gang war between the Triad and her father in order to punish him for murdering her fiance. Sounds like a sound plan to me, but of course Oliver shows up in time to stop her.

Kids, today’s episode is brought to you by the letters “V” for vengeance, “J” for justice, and we’re gonna learn all about how they differ. Or not, because the show itself seems to be a little confused.

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Huntress Suits Up for Her ‘Arrow’ Debut

In next week’s Arrow, “Muse of Fire” – no episode this week due to the holiday – we’ll finally meet Helena Bertinelli, The Huntress. In these recently released photos we get our first chance to check out her crime-fighting duds, and I must say, they do not disappoint.

Number one thing I love, she’s covered! No belly window here, thank you very much. Plus, I love the hints of purple they promised would be included. Overall, I think it’s a killer look with a great silhouette. And look, she’s wearing an actual mask as opposed to Oliver’s silly face paint.

These particular shots come from Jessica de Gouw‘s second episode, “Vendetta,” but I hope we’ll be seeing her suit up in “Muse” as well. What do guys think? Do you like the look?

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Are you guys and gals watching CW’s Arrow? It is  quite a good show. It gets the superhero-seeking-justice tale just right. I highly recommend it.

Arrow has already introduced a number of Green Arrow’s familiar supporting cast, many of them drastically altered from how they appear in the comics. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the creative choices made. The characters and their costumes are realistic, yet honor the comic. Deadshot was a bit of a disappointment, though. He was underdeveloped and killed off way to quick. Oh, and what was up with that eye piece? It was obnoxiously large, even by comic book standards.

Anyway…

Thanks to EW we have our first look at Jessica De Gouw as Helena Bertinelli a.k.a. The Huntress. Here she is, sans here bright purple bikini.

OK, I’m a bit miffed at this one. I understand they’re going for a whole realistic approach, but would it have killed them to add a dash of purple? She looks more like Catwoman from TDKR.

Here’s what Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg had to say about the character.

She is the dark mirror version of Oliver, and it was a nice contrast to him because he’s pretty extreme. He goes a lot further than not only his comic book version but lots of comic book characters — most have a code of draws the line against killing… Oliver has taken the darkness inside with him and is doing something positive with it. She’s taken the darkness inside her and is seeking revenge and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.

So far the character is only set to appear in two episodes, but we’ll most likely see more of her. Kreisberg goes on to say,

We certainly set her up as an interesting foil for Oliver and we’re excited to see where else we can take her.

Huntress will debut on Arrow in the episode titled “Vendetta”, which airs on November 28th.

When Green Arrow comes to the CW this fall he won’t be alone. There’s been a whole slew of DC characters announced to make appearances from Merlyn to Deadshot to China White and Huntress. I’m especially excited to see those last two ladies, because, well they’re lady superheroes. All right, one’s a villain, but still, lady comic book characters appearing in another medium! And there’s more than one, unlike the lovely but token Black Widow of The Avengers. What can I say, I take comfort in little victories like these. Here’s hoping Arrow‘s Laurel Lance gets a pair of fishnets soon.

Playing tough chick, mobster butt-kickin’ Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. The Huntress, is Jessica de Gouw who recently shared with KsiteTV what it’s like playing both the secret identity and the superhero,

I play Helena, but I’m also The Huntress, so I have to be able to hold my own. The duality of the role, it’s challenging. I have to be able to kick butt and all of that, and I’m quite feminine in my normal every day [life]… the fighting and all of that is new and interesting for me, but it’s a good thing. I’m really enjoying it. I’ve kind of been thrust into it, so I might as well just jump in, right?” she says. Jessica teases that the Huntress is introduced into Arrow “with a punch.” “She comes in strong.”

I love that they’re playing up what a fighter Helena is but at the same time she’s quite the woman, just as comfortable in pair of heels as she is wielding a crossbow. Read the whole interview here.

Gouw hasn’t shared any details about her Huntress costume other than hinting there will be some of the iconic purples featured. China White (Kelly Hu) on the other hand, of her we’ve got our first look,

All right, so they’ve gone for the more traditional black catsuit look, but I like that they kept the bleached, white hair. She’s not called China WHITE for nothing.

What are your thoughts on Arrow and the DC characters they’re incorporating? Are you excited for the show?

Arrow airs on the CW October 1oth.

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The Green Arrow adaptation, Arrow, starts up next month.  Fans are all praying that CW does something to make it shine and it doesn’t end up being just another in a line of often-failed attempts at bringing a super hero to television.  And though they’re updating the show for the modern day, it looks like many old favorites will be showing up during the series – 11 DC characters have been confirmed so far, in fact.

Which ones, you ask?  Well, just in case you’ve missed the piece-meal news announcing each character and who will be playing them, we’ve organized a list here.  Some of these you may know, while others played more obscure roles in Green Arrow’s comic and may be lost on you.  So without further ado, the line up is…

 

Black Canary (AKA Pretty Bird, Scream Queen, Canary)

Played by: Katie Cassidy

Super martial arts lady who ends up on the romantic side of Arrow’s life.  Looks like this one may have been seriously nerfed by the Arrow team, however (lame).

 

China White (AKA Queen of thePacific Rim, The Woman without a Heart)

Played by: Kelly Hu

Leader of a drug cartel in the Pacific Rim who butts heads with Green Arrow.

 

Constantine Drakon

Played by: Darren Shahlavi

Kick-ass martial arts master and assassin who almost takes Green Arrow down.

 

Deadshot (AKA The World’s Finest Assassin, The Man Who Never Misses, The Greatest Sniper on Earth)

Played by: Michael Rowe

Expert marksman who, despite being an assassin, has a softer side.

 

Deathstroke (AKA Deathstroke the Terminator)

Played by: ???

Super-soldier mercenary with mega-genes who once managed to kick the entire JLA’s ass.  Little info is available about what they want to do with the character in the series, including who will be playing him.

 

Felicity Smoak

Played by: Emily Bett Rickards

Computer software businesswoman who fights the good fight.

 

The Huntress (AKA Batgirl II)

Played by: Jessica De Gouw

Mafia daughter who sees the evil of crime and dedicates herself to taking down the bad guys in rather violent ways.  Looks like this one will be a regular on the series.

 

Merlyn (AKA The Dark Archer, Vordigan)

Played by: Colin Donnell

Bow and arrow wielding member of the League of Assassins.  Looks like this one may not be quite the character he was in the books, as the team at  Arrow has seen fit to rewrite his story just a bit.

 

Speedy (AKA Arsenal, Red Arrow OR Mama Mia)

Played by: Willa Holland?

There are two versions of this character, one male and one female.  Both ended up serving in a side-kick capacity for Green Arrow.  All the rumors so far point to using the girly Speedy and having Holland play the role as a mash up of side-kick and sister to the titular hero.

 

Walter Steele

Played by: Colin Salmon

Stepfather of Oliver Queen and CEO of Queen Industries who stays out of the action.

 

“The Well-Dressed Man”

Played by: John Barrowman

Who is Barrowman playing?  We do not know yet, but that shouldn’t matter too much.  I mean, it’s John Barrowman!  Speculative folks have kept the list short on who they think he might be, the possibilities including Count Vertigo, the Star City Slayer, Dr. Light or Deathstroke (which would put the real total to 10, I suppose?).

 

Well, this is certainly looking to be more interesting than I had first though.  Luckily, the show starts up on October 10th, so we’ll all soon get to see what DC has planned for us.

 

Btw, screenrant has an excellent breakdown of each character, including where you might have seen them first, some of their background and what CW is looking to change about them.  Check it out.

Rejoice Helena Bertinelli fans! Your Huntress lives on in the the CW‘s upcoming series based on the Emerald Archer, Arrow. Entertainment Weekly is reporting Jessica De Gouw will don the persona of The Huntress in a multi-episode arc this season. Huntress has been re imagined a few times in DC Comics, with the current incarnation being Helena Wayne from Earth-2. As far as we know Helena Bertinelli, note no obvious relation to Batman here, is M.I.A. in the New 52 and is most likely non-existent. So this news is surely going to delight many of Bertinelli’s fans.

Here’s how Huntress is described for Arrow,

Helena is a potential love interest for Oliver Queen; a fellow vigilante, set on destroying her father’s organized crime empire. But Helena’s blind pursuit of revenge will put her on a collision course with the Arrow.

Really, they’re calling him, “the Arrow”? Every time I get excited for this series they have to go and throw in something ridiculous like that. And of course she’s a potential love interest for Ollie, who isn’t?

Arrow premieres October 10th at 8 PM on the CW, will you be watching? How about after the news Bertinelli will be seen kicking mobsters butts? Ooh, I hope she’ll have her crossbow!

Source: Coming Soon

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